Frequently Asked Health Questions by Men

FAQ DiceWelcome to the ever growing list of men’s Frequently Asked Questions on Health related issues.

There are 3 answer options available; 1) Quick, 2) Video, and 3) Detailed (options 2 & 3 might not always be available).

If you have a question that you’d like to see answered here in our 3 response format, please submit it using the form at the bottom of this page. Thank you 😉


Health Related Questions and Answers

Q. Just how common is prostate cancer? Quick | Video | Detailed
Question submitted by Kenneth Goode, Lincoln, UK. Thanks Kenneth

Prostate cancer is currently the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Western men. The number of cases diagnosed over recent years has increased considerably, due mainly to PSA screening. It’s estimated that just 1 man in 34 that gets the disease will actually die from it. The overall lifetime risk of developing cancer of the prostate is said to be about 16 percent.

Even though testing is quick and inexpensive, many middle-aged men still don’t bother to get screened.

Q. Is there such a thing as the male menopause? Quick | Video | Detailed
Question submitted by Mr Twiggy, Calgary, Canada. Thanks Twiggy

Q. What are the common causes of stroke in men? Quick | Video | Detailed
Question submitted by Gordon Miller, Seattle, USA. Thanks Gordon

Atrial fibrillation, being overweight, excessive alcohol consumption, existing carotid and/or coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, and uncontrolled diabetes. These common causes are ‘often’ preventable by leading a healthy lifestyle.

Please seek medical help immediately if you think that you, or someone else you know, is having or has just had, a stroke.

Apparently so, although it’s still a disputed condition by some. The technical name is andropause, and men that experience it tend to go through a whole range of physical and emotional upsets. This condition typically occurs between ages 45 to 55 years. Also named the man-o-pause, do not confused it with a male mid-life crisis, which is something entirely different. See the ‘Detailed’ link for more.

Q. Why do middle-aged men get tinnitus? Quick | Video | Detailed
Question submitted by Gerald Bonnet, Stamford, UK. Thanks Gerald

Tinnitus (a persistent ringing, swishing, or buzzing type of noise originating in one or both ears), primary cause is aging and subsequent hearing loss. There are other factors, but getting older is the most common. It’s estimated that around 12% of men between the ages of 65 to 74 are affected by the condition, but either temporary or permanent tinnitus can happen at a much younger age.

Q. Do ALL men have potency problems as they age? Quick | Video | Detailed
Question submitted by Tinhead, KL,Malaysia. Thanks Tinhead

Potency problems, aka, erectile dysfunction, or ED for short, is something that many men become concerned about as they get older, but it’s not inevitable. Statistics show that erectile dysfunction affects 5% of men in their 40’s and around 15% to 25% of men by the time they reach 65 years and over. Age aside, there are also certain lifestyle choices that can trigger the condition.

Q. What’s the average age of heart attack for men? Quick | Video | Detailed
Question submitted by Roy Speechley (location unknown). Thanks Roy

Q. What are the warning signs of a Heart Attack? Quick | Video | Detailed
Question submitted by Jerry Pickering, Needham Market, East England. Thanks Jerry

Pain (at varying degrees), may include hurt in the back and abdomen, chest pain, jaw ache, neck pain, and pain in other parts of the body including chest & arms (usually the left arm). Other symptoms may include: anxiety, coughing, feeling sick, light headedness, a shortness of breath, and wheezing.

Seek medical help immediately if you think that you, or someone else you know, is having a heart attack. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Q. Why are middle-aged suicides on rise? Quick | Video | Detailed
Question submitted by Thomas Palin (location unknown). Thanks Thomas

This is based on US reports back in 2010, but since then the suicide rate is up for middle age in many western nations, especially white men who are uneducated, or poorly educated. The rising trend is not totally understood as yet although it’s likely that lack of hope, a poor economy, and associated health problems are contributing to this disturbing report.

Q. What are the leading causes of death in Men? Quick | Video | Detailed
Question submitted by Todd McCarthy, Colorado Springs, USA. Thanks Todd

The most frequent causes of death in men from industrialised nations are, in common order: heart disease; cancer; unintentional injuries; stroke; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (aka lung diseases); diabetes; influenza & pneumonia; suicide; kidney disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

The video associated with this question is genderless. What it uncovers will startle most who watch it.

66.5 years old is the average age for a man to suffer heart attack, although these figures may fluctuate to some degree between industrialised nations. It’s important to point out that anyone at any age can suffer from a heart attack. There are various factors that greatly increase the risk and also preventative measures that can decrease the threat.

Q. Why do men over 40 get fat around the belly? Quick | Video | Detailed
Question submitted by Andrew Goutman (location unknown). Thanks Andrew

There are a number of reasons for a man’s pot belly, the most common being age (this is when the force of nature lets things start to drop down and pile up). Metabolic rate is another factor as is excessive alcohol consumption, eating junk snacks late at night, lack of healthy diet generally, and little, if any exercise.

Lifestyle choices can and do define the shape of middle-aged men (medical conditions aside)


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